Who's Hot Who's Not is a statistical breakdown of the best and worst players on theBlues roster when facing their upcoming opponent. This gives the reader an insight into the future by studying trends of the past. Who's Hot Who's Not gives you an idea of who to keep your eye on during the game. It does so by calculating a stat called the Hot Rating. A players hot rating, or HR, is calculated using an algorithm that takes into account a players +/-, points, and games played against each opponent.
Games: 1 Points: 3 Plus/Minus: +2
Schwartz finally takes his spot on top of the hot list. He has been making plays all over the ice for some time now. In his sole game against Toronto he scored 3 points and managed a +2. Only 1 of his points came as a goal, but any 3 point night is worth noting. Schwartz seems to be on the cusp of breaking out, and with Tarasenko down with a hand injury, there is no time like the present.
Games: 4 Points: 4 Plus/Minus: +4
Steen has found the net often in his time against Toronto. 3 of his 4 career points against the Leafs are goals. Against Toronto, Steen shoots 23.1% The Blues desperately need Steen to rediscover his early season scoring touch.
Games: 2 Points: 0 Plus/Minus: -1
Porter has played twice against Toronto with little to show for it. He has been flexed in and out of the Blues lineup with the playoffs drawing near. Porter is a depth player who the Blues want up to speed in case another player goes down to injury during the playoffs.
Games: 26 Points: 8 Plus/Minus: -9
There has been talk of Leopold returning from injury, but thus far they have just proven to be rumors. In his career, he has not played his best hockey against Toronto. I'm sure the Blues would love to have him back, even on the not list, as they need to steady their defensive parings in preparation for the playoffs.
All player bio images are via the St. Louis Blues Official site
*I apologize for the brevity of this article and for missing a prior article. My work schedule has changed and I am adjusting.
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